Kid’s Books About Food & Cooking {Plus An Update on This Year’s Goal!}

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 24, 2013

Can we talk about kids’ books for a minute? I’ve got an emerging reader and a chapter book reader now…so to say that we do a lot of reading each day would be an understatement. We read a.lot. A.lot. We talk about books when we are in the car. Sometimes I read books while we are in the car (Steve driving, of course!). Sometimes we listen to books in the car. We just love books.

And I especially love books about food and cooking and establishing healthy eating habits.

Pancakes for Breakfast - I adore this book. I love that there are no words. And I love that every time we read it, we have a slight variation to the story. The boys love to get creative with “their version” of the story when we read it. Their imaginations never cease to amaze me!

The Berenstain Bears And Too Much Junk Food - hello tummy ache! A great book centered around the too much junk food conversation that every parent has with their kids. We love the Bears around here!

From the Garden: A Counting Book about Food – love how this book cultivates the concept of gardening and growing your own food for very young readers. A perfect read aloud and discussion starter about where food comes from.

(Not a Kid Book, But…) French Kids Eat Everything – This book is sure to challenge your thinking on what and how you feed your kids. A must read!

And last, but not least…a cookbook to use with your kids. The Whole Family Cookbook, complete with colors and levels that will help you know when and how to introduce different cooking skills to your kids. The color coding helps kids know what is their task in the cooking process, and what is for their parents to do. A great book for getting the entire family involved in the kitchen! (Also, written by fellow food blogger and friend, Michelle Stern!)

2013 Goals Update

So at the beginning of the year, I shared that I wanted to encourage more independence in the kitchen and teach the boys a few more cooking skills. We’ve got the scrambled eggs thing down, we’ve got the toast thing down. We’ve got the “get yourself a snack” thing all figured out. (What can I say, they like to eat and love being able to give themselves a snack!) What we are now working on is…

  • Not leaving the fridge door wide open.
  • Putting things back in the fridge when you are done. (Butter and jelly yesterday afternoon! Gah!)

I’m very pleased with this goal and how the boys are doing with it, and will continue to work with them and teaching them to clean up after themselves. (Oh, are their wives gonna love me!!!)

Now, back to the books…

Do you have any favorite books you read with your kids that are food/health-centric?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts April 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Erin,
At the elementary school library where I used to live/work, there was a great little book called Everybody Eats Rice. It told the story of a little boy who was very hungry, but his dinner wasn’t ready yet. He slipped out the back door and went from neighbor to neighbor, sampling everyone’s dinners as they sat down to eat. [He lived in a very multicultural neighborhood and ate Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Mexican, Spanish, European etc dishes as he wandered.] He finally returned home to his family eating an American meal–and each meal used rice. It’s a lovely story, and if I remember right, there were recipes in it as well.
Another book, that I mentioned in a comment on the Kiss My Broccoli blog and should be on my post today, is Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban. Great book for a picky eater. I like the boy at school who sets himself a nice table at his desk, and has little salt and pepper shakers for his hard boiled egg.
Thanks!

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Betsy April 25, 2013 at 7:43 am

The Pretend Soup and Salad People cookbooks are GREAT–especially for emerging and newly independent readers. We use them a lot with my crew and have for several years. (boys aged 6, daughter age 7)

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Michelle Stern April 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Muah! Thanks for sharing my cookbook again :-) The age-related steps on each recipe seem to really increase the confidence of many families.
xoxoxo
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Stephanie O April 25, 2013 at 3:09 pm

I loved Bread & Jam for Frances…well, all the “Frances” books! Also Chicken Soup with Rice is ‘nice’ for rhyming!

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